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2021 Mini-Grant Recipients

Thank you to all teachers who applied for our mini-grants this year! We are proud to announce the following recipients:

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Francine Baker & Rubygaile Mantione

Learning Resources from Simply Special Education, LLC

Primary School Special Education Self-Contained Classroom
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Patricia Branche
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Christine Kilduf

Elementary School Sensory Hallway

All Elementary School Students will benefit from this grant.
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Elaine Matthews

Weather Assembly by John’s Weather Tour

Elementary School Students in 3rd & 4th Grade

Stay tuned…. for images of our efforts in action!!

Learning Resources

Images coming soon!

Sensory Hallway

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Weather Assembly

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Nancy Roque-Soares

Nancy Roque-Soares

Nancy Roque-Soares is a Teacher for South River Middle School.  She has been an Educator since 1999 teaching the subject of Spanish.  She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish. Mrs. Roque-Soares has been a lifetime resident of South River, born to Portuguese parents, with her first language being Portuguese.  She always saw the difficulties others had when faced with language barriers. She identified with those who struggled and this was why she decided to become a teacher.  

As a daughter, sister, wife and mother, Nancy has always had a passion to help others. Beginning with her dedication to her students as a full-time teacher, Mrs. Roque-Soares extends her unending support to her students’ parents as well.  Her outreach to her students’ families displays her commitment to the community, as she also leads the Women’s Ministry at the CDA Church in South River. In addition, her volunteer efforts include being a translator for the church’s services.  

Amongst all of her endeavors, Nancy is a devoted mother to her 15-year-old son, Eric.  While she enjoys all of her many other roles, being a Soccer Mom is one that she enjoys the most!  As a teacher, a volunteer and a strong advocate for her community, Mrs. Roques-Soares dedicates her life to helping others. All throughout, she is there for her family, as she lovingly cares for her parents, in the same ways they love and support her.

Within family, church, and community, Nancy Roque-Soares is an Educator of Excellence.  She is a teacher that knows that education is not limited to the classroom and she teaches from the heart.  When it comes to Mrs. Roque-Soares, there are no language barriers with her smile.  

To quote Flora Lewis, “Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things but learning another way to think about things”.  For those who have ever experienced the challenge to understand and not be understood, Nancy Roque-Soares will be there for you, while inspiring the bravery to overcome.

Audrey Taylor

Audrey Taylor

Audrey Taylor began her illustrious career right here in her beloved hometown of South River as a student-athlete and phenomenal Basketball player. Her name is etched in SRHS history on a banner in the Gymnasium honoring those players with 1,000+ career points.  This distinction, her all-around talent, and her grades would later earn her a full scholarship and further accolades at Monmouth University where she would double major in Communications and Information Technology and earn her Bachelor of Arts degree. Audrey utilized her degree to become a Web Manager for multiple projects in Corporate America for the past 11 years. She is currently is a freelance web designer for ISOP.  However, the opportunity to share her time, talent and extensive Basketball experience was something she wanted to pursue. The first place she went was to her alma mater, South River High School. Unfortunately, the schedule conflicted with her employment. She would then go on to become Head Coach at Franklin High School for the past 9 seasons and the rest is literally….history.   

Coach Taylor created a standard at Franklin HS “to be tough, defend, and play with your heart, with passion.” Audrey herself is a passionate advocate of giving back to her South River community.  She has worked in conjunction with the South River Board of Education to provide backpacks and school supplies to free and reduced-lunch students. She also offers an annual no-cost basic-skills training session and organizes the well-known annual event – Ballin’ in the Park during the month of July.   

Audrey mentors aspiring youth via the Passion 4Youth, Inc. which is a 501-c3 educational and athletic program she founded and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Seeing the widening gap between the privileged and those in need, Coach Taylor provides top-notch skill development at an affordable cost to those that would otherwise have to settle for much less or no formalized training.  It is the foundation on which her T.R.U.E Skills Academy is built upon. Basketball players at the Middle and High School levels get an opportunity to learn from one of the best and are encouraged to aspire to BE the best! They also learn to give back by teaching the younger students in the program. A training session with Coach Audrey is a complete workout for your mind, body, and soul. She pours her passion for life, the game, the kids and for giving back, into each session.  Mentor, Motivate, Confidence, Communication, Encouragement, Positivity are just some of the terms you associate with her. You can throw in Tough, Hard-Work, Rules, Expectations and it’s still a good day that always ends with “Good Job” and that bright smile!

Head Coach Audrey Taylor’s Accomplishments:

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  • 2019 USA Today All-USA Coach of the Year
  • 2019 Ranked #12 Nationally (USA Today-Super 25)
  • 2017 & 2019 Ranked #1 State of NJ
  • 2019 Undefeated Season 34-0
  • 2017 & 2019 NJISAA Tournament of Champion State Champions
  • 2x Somerset County Champions (Back 2 Back) 2017 & 2019
  • 4x Group 4 State Champions 2015-2019
  • 4x Group 4 Sectional Champions 2014 -2019
  • 2017 NJ.com (Star-Ledger) Coach of the Year
  • 2017 USA Today Coach of the Year
  • 2014 & 2017 Franklin High School Coach of the Year
  • 2014 & 2017 Courier News Basketball Coach of the Year (Somerset County)
  • 2016 & 2017 Skyland Conference Coach of the Year

Sylvia Zircher

Ms. Sylvia Zircher has been working with children and families for just over 20 years. She began her career as a social worker at Catholic Charities providing counseling and services for families in need. Shortly after she taught in Piscataway for nine years while raising her son and earning her Masters Degree In Educational Administration. Upon graduation, Ms. Zircher became the Assistant Principal at Ethel McKnight School in East Windsor and after one year was promoted to the Principal position. Ms. Zircher treasured her time as Principal of the McKnight School for the next six years before becoming the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Acting Superintendent in Hamilton School District while pursuing her doctoral degree.

While chatting with a colleague she heard about the vacancy for Superintendent in South River Public Schools. Ms. Zircher has always lived in Middlesex County, but wasn’t familiar with the community. After asking around she realized she knew several people from South River, knew people who had family in South River, or who had grown up in South River. They all shared the same sentiments. South River is a tight knit community of hard working people who share pride in its history, traditions, and accomplishments. After a year and a half as Superintendent of Schools in South River, Ms. Zircher is proud to share these same sentiments, and has genuinely enjoyed and appreciated being welcomed into the community. She feels that thanks to a great student body, parents and volunteers, our board, staff, and administrative team, the district faces a great future ahead!

Sgt. Edwin J. Yorek

Sgt. Edwin J. Yorek started his career in Law Enforcement in 2000 as a Special I Police Officer in Seaside Park New Jersey. In 2002 he graduated the 78th Class of Ocean County Police Academy with his full Police Training Commission Certificate and began working as a Special II Police Officer with Seaside Park Police Department. In June 2002 he began his career with the South River Police Department where he has served proudly for 17 years. In January of 2013 he was assigned to the agency’s Special Operations Division where his main responsibilities were Community Policing. In June of 2015 he was assigned additional responsibilities as the Traffic Safety Officer, which is within the Special Operations Division. In October of 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and temporarily reassigned to the Patrol Division where he served for approximately 1 year supervising a patrol squad.

Sgt. Yorek has successfully completed numerous different training schools and seminars within his 17 year law enforcement career ranging from, but not limited to; Advanced Patrol Techniques, Defensive Tactics Instruction, Motor Vehicle Crash Investigation, Domestic Violence Investigation, Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), Intermediate & Advanced Community Policing Methods, Method of Instruction, Field Training Officer Certification, and D.A.R.E. / L.E.A.D. School Drug Resistance Education Certifications. Sgt. Yorek has also successfully graduated from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police 52nd Command & Leadership Academy.

During his 5 years within the agency’s Community Policing and Traffic Safety Division Sgt. Yorek has been responsible for and implemented programs such as; Annual South River Police Department Public Safety Day & Bicycle Rodeos, South River Police Department Annual Basketball Free-throw Tournaments, Annual SRPD Junior Police Academies, 5th, 7th, & 9th Grade L.E.A.D. Drug Abuse & Resistance Education programs, South River High School 11th & 12th grade DWI/DUI Safety Awareness programs, Child Passenger Safety Seat Education, and Special Event Coordination. Sgt. Yorek has pioneered programs to educate the youth of South River such as the “Sober-Ride Police Taxi”, KDCOP 5th through 12th grade anti-bullying seminars, KDCOP anti-bullying “Parent Awareness” seminars, and Marc Mero’s exclusive “Champion of Choices” leadership seminars for the South River Middle School & High School.

Sgt. Yorek currently remains assigned to the agency’s Special Operations Division where he looks forward to continuing a rewarding career serving the residents of South River and working as a team with his fellow officers within the South River Police Department.

Tracey Bussell

Tracey Bussell is a graduate of New York University, Stern School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. She worked in publishing for over twenty years as a Licensing Director.  Throughout her publishing career, she worked with publishers and editors from around the world before she began her career as a teacher.

She now shares her education and past working experiences with her students.

Tracey Bussell has been a Business Teacher at South River High School for the past three years as her second career. What she loves most about being a teacher is that every day she helps her students explore and learn about the different opportunities and career choices the business world has to offer them. She also loves showing her students the business and financial literacy concepts that will enable them to make informed financial decisions in their personal lives.

As the advisor of the TV 36 club, Tracy volunteered to videotape the SRFEE Harlem Wizards Fundraiser last year to help.  She also worked with her students to edit the video (using equipment supplied by an SRFEE grant) and helped advertise for this year’s Harlem Wizards Fundraiser.   

When she was made aware the SRFEE Student Ambassadors were in search of an Advisor there was no hesitation in her response.  She was happy to help what she considers a great organization. In addition, it was such as good group of young adults, who happened to be former or present students in her classes.  She looks forward to continuing her second career both as a teacher and an advisor at South River High School.

2018 Harlem Wizards Fundraiser

The Harlem Wizards are returning to South River High School, Sunday, October 28th, at 1:00pm.

The afternoon promises to be a fun filled event that is great for kids and adults and will guarantee to put a smile on your face! This event is hosted by the South River Foundation for Educational Excellence.  They have brought The Wizards into town to help benefit their organization.

The Harlem Wizards have a unique mission: create awe-inspiring events throughout the country. At a Wizards game, fans will witness amazing basketball talent combined with hilarious comedy. Its two hours of family time where parents, grandparents, and kids can all laugh together. When you’re in the stands, you’re more than a spectator; you’re part of the show with loads of audience participation. Throughout the game, fans will experience a magical display of tricks, coordinated ball handling, fancy passing and aerodynamic athleticism combined with high-energy comedy and audience interaction. The experience can only be summed up in two words: Awe-Inspiring! 

Tickets purchased before the event are $12 for adults $10 for children.  Tickets will also be available on the day of the game at South River High School Gym at 12noon for $20 for adults and $15 children and online at www.srfee.org or https://harlemwizards.thundertix.com  

2018 Mini-Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our 2018 Mini Grant Recipients

Patricia Crowdell, Noreen Selvaggio, Sandra Talarico (Musante, Iazetta), Preschool Team (Sanchez, Mangione, Ordner, Schwarz & Baker), Giuletta Maltese, Maureen Jones, Latisha Marcellus.

2018 Mini Grant Presentations

3rd Annual Adult Dinner Dance

3rd Annual Adult Dinner Dance

Thank you to all who attended our fundraiser on January 19, 2018

Honoring…
Cynthia Colalillo, Christine Mongelli & John Krenzel

2018 SRFEE Honorees Christine Mongelli, John Krenzel & Cynthia Colalillo

SRFEE would also like to Thank the following sponsors for our event program:

B & W Construction Co. of NJ, Inc. Utility Contractors | South River, NJ

S. Batata Construction | Parlin, NJ | www.sbatataconstruction.com

La Femme Salon & Spa | South River, NJ 08882 | 732.432.0024 | Like on Facebook

Campozino | South River, NJ 08882  | www.campozinosr.com

A & P Home Improvement, LLC | South River, NJ 08882 | 732-789-8771

Dr. Kenneth Band http://kbanddentistry.com/

South River Democratic Organization | South River, NJ 08882

The Fisherman http://www.portuguesefisherman.com/

Golden East Garden Chinese Restaurant | East Brunswick, NJ 08816 | 732-257-3737

John M. Krenzel | Attorney at Law | 732-651-1100

Danielle Oswald, Rodan + Fields http://www.joindanielle.com

South River Republican Organization | South River, NJ 08882

Globus Electric Inc. | Electrical Contractors | John Brodzicki – VP Field Operation | 973-923-0400

A. Takton Concrete Corp. | Old Bridge, NJ

Vera Silva C.I.C. | Volk Insurance | Parlin, NJ | www.volkinsurance.com